If you had to reduce me to a laundry list of personality traits, “good with animals” would be up somewhere near the top of that list. I love animals. I am one of those people that say that they like animals better than people. While I currently work as a private dog groomer, I have had experience with a wide range of domestic and exotic animals. Most people consider the ease with which I work with a wide range of animals a gift. Although I have been constantly surrounded by pets and wild animals since my childhood, I have only … Continue reading Ditching Anthropomorphization Made Me a Better Human
Articles have been written before about the 2011 study on transgender criminality which seems to “prove” that transgender women are just as prone to sexual assault as cisgender men. One of the researchers, Dr. Ceclia Dhejene, has already responded to those claims and stated that the research actually shows that health care for transgender people has actually gotten better over time and that there was no causal link between “male criminality” and transgender women.
However, the article that contains that interview, while comprehensive and informative, ignores one major factor. The study itself only considered the variable of whether or not the transgender person had SRS as a measure of transition, which leads to a whole bunch of new variables.
So the rumors have already spread about how the Orlando shooter, whose name I have purposefully chosen to omit, was a regular at the Pulse bar and kept a profile on a gay dating app. His behavior was irregular and unstable. He mentioned to the other patrons that he had a wife and child. He drank heavily and was aggressive toward the other patrons. He was heavily closeted, and heavily homophobic.
The reactions to the news have been mixed and troubling. Many feel as if the community will suffer as a result, that this will lead to many people blaming the LGBT community for, what to them, seems to be our own issue. The idea that our identity is the product of mental illness or inherent sin has been perpetuated for generations to the point where, in many people’s minds, these two concepts are inexplicably intertwined. However, the truth is more complicated than that.
I feel as if I am giving you all a massive disservice today. Had this event occurred in any other state, I might have a better, more well-researched article for you. But I am a queer Floridian, and I am … Continue reading The LGBT+ Community Will Not Bow to Terror, Because of Who We Are
The concept of women asking for assault – whether that assault be anything ranging from verbal assault to rape and murder – is a common trope perpetuated by both the media and cultural lore. As a result of this trope, … Continue reading Even The FBI Doesn’t Think She’s Asking For It: How Criminal Profiling Disproves the Myth of the Perfect Victim
Featured image by Simon, “Tourist sign in London“ Identity tourism, a term coined by Lisa Nakamura, refers to the practice of pretending to be a member of a marginalized group to which you do not identify as yourself on the … Continue reading Identity Tourism in Gaming as More Than Cultural Appropriation
Bisexuality is one of the most oddly contested LGBT+ identities. Despite the fact that the rate of self-reported bisexuals is on the rise, and the fact that there’s evidence that bisexuality has existed for almost as long as we’ve been … Continue reading A Biphobe’s Guide to Bisexuality
In a cultural environment increasingly focused on aesthetics, where girls are told not to do things at the risk of damaging their real social capital – their looks – they are ultimately set up for dependency on men for the rest of their lives. ————– Growing up as a gender non-conforming girl is difficult, as you are constantly fighting societal expectations as to how a girl should act but how a girl should look. Boys are rarely chastised for putting themselves in dangerous situations the way that girls are, whether intentionally through participation in accident-prone leisure activities (sports, hobbies) or … Continue reading Teach Girls to Be Independent, Not Dependent on Men
After the recent series of attacks on cisgender women for using public restrooms, the public is starting to slowly realize that when you target a particular group based on markers that aren’t externally identifiable – for example, what genitals someone … Continue reading Yes, The Bathroom Bills Affect Cis Women, Too, But That’s Not The Point
It’s been one year since the Down With Cis post has been published, and we’ve seen interesting developments in how the Down With Cis meme has been repurposed and adapted over the years by transgender people, along with the backlash … Continue reading A Year After “Down With Cis”